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Path closures update - more bad news I am afraid but some good

Just as we see the beginning of the spring and the start of the easter holidays even more closures of the Water of Leith Walkway appear- all are beyond our control and we are just as frustrated as local people and walkers - below I have included and update from all the closure or you can CLICK ON ME to download a list of the latest issues with some maps of the diversions.

Currie - due to Path Upgrading Works to end of April 

Waulkmill Loan to Currie Kirk will be closed from Monday 26th March, it will re-open for Friday 30th March and remain open over the Easter weekend.  The closure will be back in place on Tuesday 3rd April and the path will be closed for approx. 2 weeks.  This is to allow path improvement works to be undertaken, the path will be surfaced with Ultitrec.  “Ultitrec is a recycled pathway material produced from selected arisings from highway and maintenance works. It provides a versatile and cost effective surface for a variety of locations such as woodland paths, canal towpaths, footpaths, cycle ways, public parks and golf courses.” For more information regarding this surface please visit A sign posted diversion will be in place during the closure, along the Lanark Road


SAUGHTON PARK  - until summer 2019
The walkway route through Saughton Park is closed as the work to upgrade the Park s – the diversion simply takes you round the outside of the park to the north and at rejoins the road at Balgreen Primary School, head back down the side of the park where you cross via the crossing and continue behind the school. Or route down Fords Road, along Gorgie Road and round the park. Map below


 Wester coates / Belford Closure - until mid May – the section between Wester Coates and Belford Bridge is closed to facilitate the removal of the timber ramp at the bottom of the Magdala Steps and the installation of a new structure. This runs into the following issue - map of both below

The Dean Path Landslide - statement from CEC below

The City of Edinburgh Council are aware of public concern over the continued closure of a part of the Dean Path following a second land slip in January 2016.  The Council are committed to ensuring that the path is reopened as soon as possible.  Various avenues are being pursued by the Council, including court action, to try and ensure that work is undertaken to make the path safe.  The Council cannot comment further at this stage due to ongoing legal proceedings.

Newhaven Road to Anderson Place - extended to June 2018 - closed by Miller Homes due to a dangerous retaining wall

The most recent update from Miller Homes spokes person stated: “Miller Homes wish to apologise for the ongoing closure of the Water of Leith Walkway along the Bonnington stretch.   This was brought about by necessary repairs which need to be made to our boundary wall between our site and the Water of Leith.  To undertake these repairs in a manner which meets with current health and safety regulation a telecoms mast needs to be removed.    Unfortunately this is taking longer than envisaged due to the protections given to telecoms masts under the Telecommunications Act 1984 notwithstanding the terms of our lease agreement with the mast operator. On a more positive note the mast operator did locate a new site to move to at the end of last year and has now secured planning permission and is in the process of completing works to allow it to relocate.   This is expected to occur by the end of April/early May which in turn will allow us to remove the mast and make repairs to the wall.   This will hopefully allow the Walkway to reopen by late June but meantime must remain closed for health and safety reasons."

Saughton Diversion

 Belford and Dean Diversions





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